Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As we celebrate it, let's not forget about the Neanderthals who opposed it for rank political and/or racial reasons:
President Reagan: Thought the holiday was unnecessary and too pricy. Was it a coincidence that he was paranoid about Commies and that King's enemies had labeled him as one?
Congress critters: 90 members of the House of Representatives and 22 senators voted against the holiday. Eight of those bastards are still in office.
Ron Paul: Voted against the holiday and, in his blatantly racist newsletters that he would later try to pretend he had very little to do with, said: "Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time against as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day."
John McCain: Voted against the holiday and supported Arizona's governor when he initially abolished the holiday. Only changed his mind years later once the issue's obvious racial aspect was unavoidable politically.
Governor Evan Mecham: Republican governor of Arizona swatted the holiday down first chance he got after taking office. Over 75% of Arizona voted to reject the holiday. Big surprise. That state has moved on to Mexicans by now.
Jesse Helms: Gee, wonder why he was so against this holiday? He entered a pack of information on King into the Senate record, one that alleged King was a communist or at least palled around with the.
The South: This shocked me, but all 50 states recognized MLK Jr. Day for the first time in the year...2000. South Carolina was the last state to begrudgingly do so. It took until that same year for Virginia to split the holiday from Lee-Jackson-King Day (yes, they honored slave-loving traitors alongside King) into two separate occasions.